Parent Update – March 24, 2015
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION PASSES RESOLUTIONS REGARDING COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND NEW STATE ASSESSMENTS
At its regular monthly meeting held last Thursday, March 19th, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to pass two separate resolutions relating to the Common Core Standards and the new State Mandated Assessments, respectively. The first resolution asserts the Board’s support of the new common core standards, adopted by Ohio and 43 other states across the country. The second, separate resolution, communicates the Board’s opposition to the current accountability model, which mandates an excessive level of testing/assessments for students in Olmsted Falls Schools, and across the state of Ohio.
“It is important that we separate the two issues and address them individually,” said Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth. “As a local Board of Education, we support the new common core standards and have great confidence in the ability of our administrators and teachers to effectively raise the bar for our students in the classroom.”
“However, as a Board, we also believe that the over-testing that has been mandated by the state to measure the effectiveness of districts throughout Ohio is too much and needs to be changed,” Mr. Weisbarth added.
“We believe the common core standards are the right work and right direction for our students,” added Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, “and that they are a logical progression in the evolution of education standards.”
“We also believe strongly in accountability,” said Dr. Lloyd. “Unfortunately, the implementation of the new state mandated assessments have proved their excessiveness and taken away significant amounts of classroom instructional time. As a district, we are actively advocating for a change as it relates to the current assessment requirements.”
To view the Olmsted Falls Board of Education resolution in support on the common core standards, please click HERE.
To view the Olmsted Falls Board of Education resolution in opposition to the current accountability model / excessive level of assessments, please click HERE.
FRONT ENTRANCE SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS UNDERWAY AT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Construction is officially underway to improve the security of the main entrance at Olmsted Falls Middle School. The new renovations include reconfiguring the main building entrance so that visitors entering the building do so directly through the main office. Currently, visitors entering the building during school hours are buzzed in through vestibule doors that lead into the main hallway, and then need to walk down the hall to check in at the office. Once the renovations are complete, visitors will now enter the building through a new vestibule that leads directly into the Middle School’s main office.
The reconfiguration began with a new doorway being cut through the wall located on the outside edge of the main office, just to the east of the existing entry doors. A new vestibule is now being constructed surrounding this new entry point, and will include video surveillance and a buzzer system for controlled entry. Concrete will be poured to extend the existing walkway and a canopy will also be installed. This important renovation project is anticipated to be completed by the end of May. Funds from an existing permanent improvement levy dedicated exclusively to Olmsted Falls Middle School are being used for this project, in addition to a $5,000 Entrance Security Grant awarded to Olmsted Falls Middle School through the Olmsted Facilities Construction Commission. In all, Olmsted Falls School District has been awarded a total of $25,000 in Entrance Security Grants by the OFCC ($5,000 for each building) to improve safety and security.
DISTRICT NAMED AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION” IN NATION FOR 9TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced that Olmsted Falls School District made the list of 2015 Best Communities for Music Education. This prestigious designation honors districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders that make music education a priority.
Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum. NAMM evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.
Olmsted Falls School District is one of just 388 districts across the nation that received the honor this year; this is the ninth consecutive year it has received this honor.
“We are proud to again be among those districts designated ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ in the country,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. “As a ‘Triple A’ school district focused on providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience that includes academics, arts and athletics, it is especially rewarding to receive this honor acknowledging the strength and quality of our music program.”
Congratulations to staff, students and the community for supporting music education in our schools!
FOUR OF FIVE OFHS ENSEMBLES ADVANCE TO STATE COMPETITION
Olmsted Falls High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble and Chorale competed March 13th and 14th at the Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Adjudicated Event for High School Band and Choir.
In unprecedented school history, four of the five ensembles that competed qualified with a superior rating, advancing them to State level competition. Congratulation to all students who participated! We are very proud of you.
Upcoming OFHS music events include April 17: ProMusic Festival/Competition at Tiffin University-Golden Expressions; April 24/25: Big Fish-Spring Musical; May 1/2: State Choir/Band Competition; May 7: Spring Band Concert; May 14: Pops Concert (choirs); May 25: Memorial Day Parade; May 27: Baccalaureate Ceremony and May 28: Commencement Exercises.
OFMS POWER OF THE PEN TEAMS MAKE THEIR MARK!
On Saturday, March 14, the 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams traveled to St. Joseph Academy for the second creative writing tournament of the season. Both teams had a fantastic day! The 7th grade team won 1st place and 8th grade took 3rd place. Together, the 7th and 8th grade teams also took home the coveted Sweepstakes trophy!
Congratulations to the Power of the Pen teams for their tremendous successes at Regionals!
7th graders: Emily Kasl, Kayla Kippes, Nicole Latona, Rhiannon Lloyd, Kristen Miller (who came in 4th place and won a Best of Round award!), Ashley Rice (who came in 13th place!), Neil Spooner and Summer Stevens.
8th graders: Emma Andrus (who came in 2nd place!), Jamie Bridle, Lauren Gumeny (who won a Best of the Best award!), Morgan Luke, Cameron Nelson, Ally Rice, Jillian Scott and Victoria Steiert.
Special thanks to Mr. Gumeny for photographing this event!
TWO OFHS WRESTLERS EARN ALL-OHIO STATUS
Noel Caraballo and Brice Locklear competed in the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. They both earned All-Ohio ranking.
Noel began the tournament with three straight wins, catapulting him into the OHSAA State finals. He was the 15th wrestling in OF history to reach the State Finals match. He was the aggressor the entire match, but surrendered a takedown in overtime – falling just short of a championship. He finished as the 220-pound Division 1 runner-up and had a 51-3 record.
After losing his first match to the eventual State Champ, Brice rattled off four straight victories, earning the chance to wrestle for third place. He fell just short in his final match, but he still came away with a fourth-place finish in the 152-pound weight class in Division 1. He ended his season with a 53-5 record. His 53 wins are the most wins ever in a season for Olmsted Falls.
Brice and Noel’s performances helped our OFHS wrestling team finish in 16th place, breaking the top 20 in the state for the first time since 2004.
OFHS KERRI GASPER NAMED TO 2ND TEAM ALL-OHIO
Congratulations to OFHS basketball player Kerri Gasper who was named to the 2nd Team All-Ohio. The senior earned the accolade this year while averaging the following stats per game: 15.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 2.2 assists and 0.3 blocks. She also shot 82 percent from the free throw line. Kerri scored her 1,000th career point this season and scored 1,154 total points in her career.
She will play in the GCBCA All-Star game at 7:15 p.m. March 31st at Rocky River High School.
Kerri will continue her basketball career while attending the University of Evansville in southern Indiana. Good luck, Kerri.
OFMS GRADE 8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM ARE SWC CHAMPS
The Bulldogs recorded a perfect 14-0 record in the conference, including two exciting victories in the post-season tournament.
Throughout the season, the boys exhibited great teamwork as well as an ability to overcome adversity. This “never give up” attitude helped the team in its come-from-behind wins in both tournament games. In the Championship game, the Bulldogs overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat Berea, 49-47.
Team members area (bottom row) Teddy Grendzynski, Chuck Backus, Michael Fritz, Drew Higginbotham, Jack Spellacy, (top row) Ryan Higginbotham, Austin Stefan, Sam Lofton, Dylan Reines, Braden Galaska, Gavin Dietrich, Eric Hanna and Coach John Holzworth.
Congratulations on an exciting season.
OF GRADE 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM HAS PERFECT SEASON
The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School girls fifth-grade basketball team are regular and playoff champs! They earned a 13-0 season and are Lake Erie Basketball League champs in their division.
Congratulations to players Lauren Noerenbreg, Aubrey Martinez, Madison Sagerman, Ashley Zelenskas, Delaney Bielski, Aubrey Thiel, Christina Cox, Katie Voisinet, Mallory Olitsky, Sara Glover and coaches Mike Thiel and Monte Cox.
RECYCLING IS THE FOCUS FOR OFIS GREEN TEAM
The Green Team at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School has been very active this year. You will see one part of that effort soon emerging from the ground. Students planted hundreds of flower bulbs – and three trees – outside the school’s main entrance. They also recycled thousands of juice pouches and chips bags and promote Waste Free Wednesdays where students have reduced the lunch time waste from 280 pounds to less than 200 pounds on most days. They also created hundreds of bookmarks made from reused cereal boxes and are reusing thousands of plastic lids on several craft projects.
Students are gearing up for Earth Day next month by having an April 15th Zero Waste Lunch, planting flower seeds in reused plastic egg cartons to plant later in the front entrance garden and sponsoring a Goodwill clothing drive, which can be found in a separate blog item.
You can help the Green Team by sending your juice pouches, chip bags, clean plastic lids and plastic egg carton containers to OFIS. We appreciate your support.
Congratulations to Mackenzie Stevens, the Falls-Lenox Healthy Hero for February. The first grader is pictured here with Lisa Bartsche, the school’s library assistant.
Healthy Hero teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.
Each month one Healthy Hero from ECC and Falls-Lenox are selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.
COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP FINAL SCHEDULING MEETINGS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 26
2015 OF BASEBALL EARLY-BIRD SPRING TRAINING CAMP
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Who: Grades 1-8
The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.
All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes (in case we move indoors) and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). We plan to be outdoors but depending on weather, may have to move indoors. Plan accordingly.
ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=70108
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE REMINDER
Spring break is NEXT WEEK!
Spring break week begins this Monday, March 30th and runs through Monday, April 6th.
School will resume on Tuesday, April 7th.
Have a safe and enjoyable break!
DON’T FORGET TO SECURE YOUR SUMMER SPOT AT CAMP INVENTION !
Are you curious? Are you a gadget maker or taker-apart? Do you and your friends like to create and build? Camp Invention may be for you! Camp Invention is an innovative, week-long summer camp that provides students in grades 1-6 with a hands-on, interactive program that the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inspired.
Scholarship funds are available. If you have a financial need, please contact us so we can help you join us at camp. Questions? Contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFMS ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
Olmsted Falls Middle School homerooms are competing for a delicious lunch from Olive Garden. The “Pasta for Pennies” competition is now occurring through March 27. Students are collecting monetary donations to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The winning homeroom will enjoy a lunch complete with salad, pasta and breadsticks that Olive Garden will serve.
If you are interested in donating to this cause, visit the school’s fundraising page by clicking HERE.
OFIS GREEN TEAM SPONSORS CLOTHING DRIVE IN APRIL
Are you doing some Spring cleaning this month? How about recycling your gently-worn coats, shirts, pants and other items to the OFIS Green Team’s Clothing Recycling Drive? Place the clothing in a bag for the drive that runs from April 13th-17th.
The purpose of this program, which is in cooperation with Goodwill and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, is to educate students on the importance of reusing and recycling, while supporting Goodwill’s mission of improving the quality of life and employment opportunities for people. To view a flyer, click HERE.
ANNUAL COMBINED MEETING OF OFIS PTA & FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA IS TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST
The rescheduled combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA is on Tuesday, April 21st. OFIS PTA welcomes all parents of current third graders to the OFIS cafeteria at 6 p.m. for dinner and a tour of the school. Principal Mr. Svec will be there to answer questions. The combined meeting of OFIS and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTAs will follow at 7 p.m.
UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINAR SPONSORED BY SENATORS SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN – SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH
United States Service Academy Seminars Sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us for an informational session. Saturday, April 25, 2015. Horizon Science Academy. 6000 South Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44103. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling an Academy Coordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-6446 then press 1.
HELPING HANDS WILL TAKE PULL TABS TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
We will take a prepared meal to the residents. Having regular meals provided help families in many ways. It eliminates the burden of making time to prepare food, thus allowing families to spend more time with their hospitalized child. It also removes the financial hardship of buying groceries or eating out and offers healthy options for families.
We will also drop off the aluminum pull tabs that were collected this school year. If you regularly collect pull tabs and would like us to drop them off for you, please mark them “Helping Hands” and drop them off at OFHS by Friday, March 27th. They collect aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) and work with a local recycler to turn the tabs into money for their Family Fund. This fund helps support the families who stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House. Last year more than 15,000 pounds of pull tabs generated over $7,500 for RMH!
Click HERE for a pull tab collection label if you would like to collect tabs for us through March 27th. Thank you for supporting our local Ronald McDonald House.
ORDER YOUR HONEYBAKED HAM THROUGH ANNUAL OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SALE TODAY!
To order, go to http://honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-1134-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx. Proceeds go to the swim and dive team. Pick up is from 4-7 p.m. April 2nd @ the OFHS band entrance. Call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405 with any questions.
FUN, GAMES AND WALK TO CURE CANCER AT FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL
The carnival supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. All proceeds from the carnival benefit the ACS June 6-7 2015 Olmsted Relay for Life through the Falls-Lenox for a Cure Team.
Have fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge your principal. Enjoy a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. Walk a mile or more and earn lap beads. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH – KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY!
Join the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for its annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! This year’s event is scheduled for THIS Sunday, March 29th from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. All you can eat pancakes and french toast, plus sausage, juice and/or coffee. Tickets will be available at the door and also at First Federal of Lakewood at 26908 Cook Road in Olmsted Township. Tickets are only $6 each and EVERY meal ticket purchase is automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX! (You don’t have to be present to win.) All proceeds benefit our local communities. Kids under 3 eat free. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus Chinese Raffle Prizes! Don’t miss this great community event!
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS – SPRING BREAK SAMPLER CAMP
From 3/30-4/3 – the week of Spring Break – why not keep your kiddos active and engaged at OPA’s Spring Break Sampler Camp. This 2-hour daily camp features art, gymnastics, dance, music and theatre activities. Each day is divided into two 50-minute sessions, with a 20-minute snack break in the middle. Students are responsible for providing their own snacks and drinks. Families registering multiple children will receive a 10-percent discount. To view a flyer, click HERE.
OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY THROUGH APRIL 3RD
Online registration for the Spring 2015 Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s is occurring now. To register, go to www.olmstedsoccer.com. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 3RD!
Practices begin the week of April 13th and play, from April 18th through June 6th. Teams practice one day a week with games on Saturdays. Players must be 4 years old by April 18th. Divisions available are preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2/3, grade 4/5, junior high and high school.
This recreational program is a community league with an emphasis on instruction. It is open to all Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and surrounding community players from age 4 through grade 12. Teams are organized by age and grade, coaches by volunteer parents and assigned randomly.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION
Olmsted Community Summer League is accepting registrations for baseball/softball without a late fee until March 31, 2015. Late registrations with a $20 fee will be accepted until April 15, 2015. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at http://www.olmstedcc.com.
OCSL is excited to introduce our new Travel Slow-Pitch Softball league for our Girls Intermediate division ages 9-11. Half the games will be played in Olmsted Falls while the other half will be played in Middleburg Hts and Brookpark against their girls Junior League ages 10-12. If you have any questions about this new travel league then please contact league rep Shelly Bernes at email@example.com.
Please register soon for all of our boys/girls and adult leagues before registration closes.
Introduce preschoolers, ages 2-5 to ballet and creative movement with these great classes on Thursday mornings: Dancing Ballerina’s (ages 2-3) 9-9:45a.m., Dancing Fairies (age 4) 10-10:45a.m., and Dancing Stars (age 5) 11-11:45a.m. Dance classes begin April 9th for a 6-week session held in the dance room at the Olmsted Community Center.
For more details, call the OCC at 440-427-1599 or register at www.olmstedcc.com.
SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM
Team members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It’s guaranteed your kids will have a blast this summer. Some fun activities include Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is that you must be able to swim independently across the pool. For more details, go to its website by clicking HERE.
BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS
Applications are now being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University Summer Music Programs. For students in grades 4 – 9 (application deadline: May 1) String Camp, June 13 – 18 Piano Camp, June 13 – 18 Band Camp, June 20– 25 Music Theatre Camp, June 20 – 25 For high school students (application & audition deadline: April 1) International Guitar Festival, May 16 – 17 CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12 – 25 Music Theatre Overtures, July 19 – 24 Go to www.bw.edu/summer-music-programs for more details and applications.